Hi Everybody,

A lot has happened since the last post. I will not be writing about everything because I don’t even remember everything perfectly. The first thing that I will tell you about is the BAYS #4 regatta. The regatta was held at the Encinal Yacht Club on Alameda Island on August 4th and 5th. The BAYS #4 was my first regatta since the Heavy Weather Regatta because I had been in France and at camp. On the first day of the regatta I came in eighth, thirteenth, second, fifth, and fourth. The last race, though not the best place, was my best race of the day. The four most experiened sailors, including myself, were talking to our coach during the start sequence and we all started a minute late. I was able to get a fourth place and beat two of the other sailors that started late.I was satisfied with my results of the first day, especially since I hadn’t been sailing for awhile. I did not place very well on most of the races on the second day, except for one where I got a first place. On last upwind leg of my first place race, I was tacking for the last time and my hat fell in the water. I did not get it and I was very thankful when another kid grabbed it from the water for me. I ended up getting sixth overall for the regatta and third in red fleet. I won a Harken document bag that I use as a laptop case. Here are my results from the regatta: BAYS #4. I think that after taking three weeks off of sailing, it was hard for me to do my best at this regatta. I am getting back in the routine now and looking forward to regular practices and doing better in regattas.

A week after the BAYS #4 we went to Huntington Lake for the Pacific Coast Championship, a team trials qualifying regatta in the Sierra Mountains above Fresno. We left at about 1:00 PM and the drive was about seven and a half hours long. It was a very, very long drive. I was looking forwad to the regatta because it is a popular lake for sailing. On the first day I did okay and ended in fourteenth place, three places away from qualifying. On the second day, I don’t know what happened, I was out of the game. On the first race I won the pin and port tacked the whole fleet, this was a very good thing to do. However, even with that great start to the day, I did not qualify. Despite the results of the last two regattas, I believe I will be able to rock the Bays#5 regatta on Labor Day weekend. After the regatta, we headed back to San Francisco. Luckily,the ride back did not take as long as the ride there. I am glad we went the regatta at Huntington Lake, even though I didn’t qualify, it was a good experience. For the rest of the summer I will be trying to sail as much as possible to improve and strenthen my sailing skills.

A couple of other exciting things happening in my life are that we have adopted a puppy and I will be volunteering for the America’s Cup World Sieres next week in SF. You probobly noticed the mistake in Tuesday’s post and I hope you will understand that I was very excited when I was writing and forgot to proofread. Miles is doing really great and there have been no conflict with him and our two cats. Obviously, I am excited and cannot wait for next week when I will be volunteering for Oracle Team USA. I don’t know what I will be doing excactly, but whatever it is, it will be awesome and fun. I am proud to be involved in the America’s Cup in any way. If you are in SF, you can watch the AC World Series in person from the Marina Green. If you aren’t in SF, you can watch the AC World Series races on youtube or maybe NBC. Here is the link: America’s Cup.

Unexpectedly, my dad was diagnosis with appendicitis on Tuesday!  We were in Geyserville but got him home to SF where his doctor is, he was sent to the ER and had surgery last night.  He is doing well and should be coming home soon.  This has been a crazy month so far!

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